Gorgeous center part hairstyles seemed to have been forgotten for a while. The side parts may look rather amazing themselves, particularly with side swept designs, but center part hairstyles are slimming, modern, and always lead to a rather clean look that provides such perfect symmetry. Longer hair has often been worn with a center part if straightened and is certainly a look we all adore, including with short curly bobs.
How exactly do you make the perfect center part? Hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins gives us the best trick to make sure you have it done right. Look at the part from ¼ inch off center on the side of your smaller eye and have the line go from front to back from there.
We all have that one eye that’s slightly smaller than the other and that’s what causes the imbalance in our styling normally. This way your face will be balanced out. There are many stylish ways you can wear your hair in center part as well!
1. Long and Wavy Center Part Hair
Olivia Palermo looks lovely with her slightly tousled wavy center part hair falling below her shoulders and giving her a rather relaxed aura. She’s lovely and the blonde hair takes rather well to this center part.
2. Center Part Wavy Bob
Honestly, Beyoncé is probably the best person out there to rock the center parted short bob with a head full of curls. She’s lovely to say the least and the part gives her bob a bit more character. Not to say that the cut unto itself doesn’t have character but the center part brings the focus to the bridge of the nose and the perfectly set warm eyes.
3. Center Part Hair with Grown-Out Bangs
Keira Knightly always looks positively dashing but with her dark hair cut with longer bangs, the center part looks ravishing. With her hair pulled back and only the bangs in front, splitting from the middle seems to be the best look to frame her pale face.
4. Center Part Loose Bobby Pinned Updo
Feline beauty Ulyana Sergeenko certainly knows how to stand out in the crowd with her iconic style, no matter what event she’s attending. Her hair always looks impeccable too, whether it’s short or long, loose or gathered into an updo. Her center part loose bobby pinned updo matches her signature cat eye makeup perfectly, showing offer her beautiful facial features and her silver jacquard dress just perfectly.
5. Down and Pulled Back Center Part Hair
Kate Bosworth is positively radiant with her hair pulled back from her face and the center part really showing off her perfectly proportioned features, down to the full red lips. Dainty nose, eyes set the perfect distance apart and Cupid’s bow lips just look even more symmetrical with the hair parted thus.
6. Center Part Loose Side Braid
Just because you are rocking a side braid doesn’t mean you should part your hair from the side as well. On the contrary, the center part adds certain innocence to the look. You are not going for elegant, but this does make it look casual, sporty and smart. Kendall Jenner certainly shows off how great this look can be!
7. Center Part Lovely Bun
Doutzen Kroes certainly knows how to rock that bun and the hair pulled back semi-tightly from a center part going all the way to the center of the head looks amazing, particularly with those gorgeous cat-eyes showing off their deep blue hues. The blonde tendrils gracefully falling about the face add to the ethereal appeal of this look.
8. Center Part Long Locks
Olivia Wilde knows how to look her best any time she makes an appearance in public and her perfect hair is one guarantee for her successful looks. This long wavy cut with a slightly messy center part does her a favour, showing all the gorgeousness of her healthy tresses and her lovely features.
9. Smooth and Straight Center Part Hair
Back when the ‘90s were still around, this center part hairstyle was all too common. We’re not sure if it ever became less than trendy to wear your hair thus but it has certainly made a major comeback and straight hair looks even better when coming out from a center part. It looks more proportional overall. Joan Smalls is not the only celebrity to love this style either.
10. Center Part Medium Textured Hair
To emphasize the volume and texture of your medium-cut hair, let it loose and wavy with a deep center part, as Freida Pinto has done with her shoulder-length black hair. The natural look of this ‘do goes so well with her earth-toned makeup, making her look effortlessly chic and just stunning!
11. Center Part Messy Ponytail
We love messy ponytails and we certain love Cameron Diaz with her ocean blue eyes and unfaltering good looks. The long layered tendrils framing the face add to the allure of having a center part with a low messy ponytail, but this is probably one of the best lazy girl looks we can think of!
12. Center Part Sleek Bun
No matter what is said about Kim Kardashian, particularly after her latest escapades with naked pictures on magazines, this beauty’s got some exotic style that cannot be described. Her features are rather interesting, slightly strict, but no less beautiful and that is all brought into focus with her hair pulled back into a sleek bun with a center part showing off a full hairline. She isn’t losing any hair, that’s for sure!
13. The Flippy Glamour
Center part hairstyles look even better with layered short hair that’s been slightly flipped out at the shoulder, just like the style Julianne Hough is rocking here. It’s got a mesmerizing appeal to it that’s both pretty and chic. One of the best center part looks you can find around!
14. Center Part Half-Up Hair
When you have natural curls, we say don’t be afraid to flaunt them. One of the best curly, center parted half-up half-down hairstyles we’ve seen to date is the style Laverne Cox is rocking as she attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. She certainly looks fabulously glamorous herself!
15. Modern Seventies Hair With a Center Part
Modernizing old styles always leads to the most charming results and Poppy Delevingne’s seventies inspired center part medium-length wavy hair with a modern spin is a great proof for this. Her perfectly curled locks look so natural and beautiful with the blonde hair tone and the natural makeup with an accent on the long lashes.
16. Slightly Messy Center Part Straight Hair
Adding subtle messy touches to perfectly straight long hair makes the look much effortless and more romantic. Dakota Fanning has proved this well with her center part face-framing loose blonde hair cut at the shoulder length.
17. Centre Part Sleek Ponytail
To slim down your face and slightly elongate it, style your hair into a sleek ponytail with a deep center part, copying the elegant look of Alessandra Ambrosio. This is a conservative style, which places all the focus on your beautiful facial features and the perfect makeup you have tried so hard to do.
18. Center Part Boho Waves
How much we all love that effortlessly styled wavy hair that is all about the romantic boho mood! No matter you have long tresses or medium-cut locks like in case of Hailee Steinfeld, leaving your hair loose in a sweet wavy style with a deep center part can turn you into the ultimate goddess every time you decide to go for this ‘do.
19. The Long Sleek Center Part Hair
The combination of long sleek hair with a center part can always lead to blinding outcomes, and this look sported by Heidi Klum is a bright example of the statement. This looks minimalist and classy and can hardly ever go out of style, so you are welcome to experiment with this ‘do for any occasion and any time of the year!
20. Center Part Natural Hair
If you don’t know how to style your long hair, just keep it loose and natural and don’t forget to go for the center part to spice up your wavy hair. Jessica Alba knows how to rock this ‘do, matching it with a classy brown smokey eye and shimmering lips that turn her into the diva of the party!
21. Center-Parted Medium Wavy Cut
Elizabeth Olsen’s center part hairstyle is simple and chic. This is everything we love about the center part coming back into style, with its beautiful symmetry and it frames her face in a lovely way, at that. Plus, the pink tinted hair midway down her locks is right on trend with the hair color styles of today as well.
22. Center Part Beachy Waves
The fabulous Ashley Benson knows how to rock center part hairstyles, both onstage and off, and here we can see the actress with boho-chic waves that would be right at home from the streets to the beach, and everywhere in between. A simple style like this is so easy to pull back as well, so the benefits don’t stop with the trendiness.
23. Quirky Center Part Braids
Try not to be too distracted by the circlet of stickers in this photo, and instead admire the quirky row of braids stemming from the center part base of this hairstyle. Chiara Ferragni is working her partial braids here in this photo, as the rest of her hair falls behind her. With this style you can easily add a pop of color, as Ferragni has done here with her ties.
24. Elegant Center Part Ponytail
Carmen Electra is a sexy model and actress, so this is a great hairstyle to hone in that sensuality and make for an overall lovely appearance. A simple, loose ponytail like this becomes so much more mature and elegant when it’s pulled from the center rather than from a side part. If you have a daring dress that you’ve been dying to wear but have been scared of being too risqué, styling your hair like this could be the solution.
25. Straight Center Part Ombre
Sweetheart Drew Barrymore’s face-framing center part hairstyle is perfect for a sleek approach to a bohemian style, with the chic ombre hair flowing long. Another versatile hairdo, you can curl it, straighten it, pull it back, and you know your hair will be looking cute and stylish from any angle, especially stemming from the center part.
26. Center Part Messy Updo
The best part about center part hairstyles is that they don’t always need to be as neat as side parted ones. With these, there’s a certain level of symmetry that occurs, even when your locks get a bit unruly, so it becomes more of an organized chaos, like with this stylish, messy updo on actress Emilia Clarke.
27. Romantic Center-Parted Bun
Loose buns are always a super cute, romantic style to finish off a cute look. Julia Roberts is taking full advantage of the popular center parted hairstyle in this image, and the messy tendrils falling from the bun make the look a bit more spontaneous, adding a bit of passion into the romantic hairstyle.
28. Loose and Sleek Center Part Ponytail
With this style, you’re getting two sides of the coin: loose and tight. With the hair gathered loosely in the back, generally the hairstyle is messy, but give the style a center part, let loose the grown-out bangs, and keep everything in place and you’ll get some built in sleekness, just like in Hailey Baldwin’s center-part blonde ponytail here.
29. Romantic Wavy Center Part
For a classically beautiful look, loose waves are always a great way to go. Jessica Chastain already has a leg up here, with her timeless beauty, but anyone can achieve this level of glamour by parting their hair in the center, letting their wavy hair flow where it wants (to an extent!), and coloring with a lovely, deep strawberry blonde. The pinning done on the side gives a reprieve from the standard haircut, and shows off more of your face as well.
30. Segmented Ponytail
Everything Kendall Jenner wears immediately becomes trendy, which may seem like a cult following move, but in reality there’s a good reason for the mass attention. Starting off with center-part hairstyles, Jenner lets her bangs free to move around her face, and the pulled back, long black hair is segmented into sausage link-esque sections (take the analogy with a grain of salt!) in a surprisingly fabulous way; maybe this center part hairstyle will replace braids somewhat this summer?
31. Classic, Long, and Wavy Center Part
Kat Graham’s long hair makes for an instantly glamorous style when parted down the center, because it allows everything to flow around her in a streamlined fashion. It’s sexy, it’s down to earth, it looks natural, and that’s about all you can wish for in any everyday hairstyle. This is a great and natural look for anyone with long hair.
32. Double French Braids
Coco Rocha looks so young, and with this center part hairstyle she is truly embracing it, with schoolgirl-esque twin braids that let her bone structure stand out as well as her lovely blue eyes. Overall, this is a sporty braided look, but it will also add the essence of youth to whatever outfit you are wearing – I’d say that’s a win-win.
33. Soft and Wavy Center Part
Depending on who you are, this center part hairstyle might look like the classic bombshell blonde, or if you’re someone like Kylie Jenner, it’s just a luscious, straight style for any time of day. The light, strawberry pink highlights throughout are difficult to pick up on, but only make passersby pay a bit more attention to your fabulous hairstyle, and they’ll probably also notice how well this cut frames the face.
34. Classic Long and Wavy
This is the basic center part hairstyle that we all remember coming in and out of style from any point in fashion history. With Megan Fox being such an iconic celebrity and household name, there’s no doubt why she chose to wear such a staple hairstyle, with her wavy locks falling perfectly to other side of her face.
35. Sleek Center-Parted Bun
Simple center part hairstyles, like Riley Keough’s tight bun, are timeless looks that bring an air of class to any outfit. With such pulled together sleekness comes lovely sophistication, a trend only growing in recent times, which goes to show just how modern center part hairstyles can be; they’re coming back and looking great in so many different ways.
36. Bohemian Loose Braid
Karolina Kurkova’s loose braid is beautiful and balances itself thanks to the lovely center part in the front. Having the bangs fall as ringlets to either side of the face adds a touch of elegance to the hairstyle here, as does the center part itself, which would otherwise fall on the more casual side. Like here, all it takes is a few subtle differences to elevate a hairstyle, starting with the part.
37. Wavy Center Part with Different Halves
With this look, worn so gorgeously by Emily Ratajkowski, you get a different look when you look at each side. By tucking one side behind the ear, the model is opening up her face and showing off her stunning bone structure, while adding some intrigue to a style that might otherwise just blend into the crowd. Again, subtle changes to a style shift everything.
38. Sleek and Straight Center Part
Selena Gomez always looks amazing with straight hair, and with this layered cut, the signature style is emphasized. Layers can add an oomph of edge to any hairstyle, and adding in a center part here helps the layers remain balanced for this totally sleek look.
39. Loose Updo for Long Hair with a Center Part
We all know and love Heidi Klum’s long, center-parted hair, and if you have a similar hairstyle, you must see this option for a glamorous, messy updo. By letting some of her golden waves pop out of the style, the beautiful locks seem like they are ready for any occasion. This was a center part hairstyle worn by Klum to the Oscars and it looks great, but it would look just as good worn to run errands.
40. Sleek and Tight Center Part Chignon
Thick black hair like Olivia Munn’s always looks super chic when pulled back into a tight hairstyle, and making it a center part hairstyle only adds to its sophistication. The small tendrils of hair falling at the ears add a bit of reality to the outfit, while not messing up anything about the sleek draw of the chignon style.
41. Center Part with Subtle Waves
Looking at Margot Robbie’s center part hairstyle here, you can definitely see the waves, but they were subtle in that each strand was curled just so, in a very natural and easygoing way that helped the bright blonde coloring stand out. Because of this, it is a great style for the warm and sunny seasons.
42. Relaxed Medium Waves
For a laid-back summer look, maybe you should try out Cate Blanchett’s blonde center part hairstyle. Imagine laying out on the beach with some cute shades and your go-to bikini with these mildly wavy locks falling just above your shoulders. Even better, you can see here how well the look can translate to a formal event, with Blanchett here attending an independent film awards show.
43. Wavy Center Part with Volume
Jessica Chastain is honing a bohemian hippie vibe with this center part hairstyle. The subtle waves in the hair give a nice flow and movement, while adding in volume thanks to their large size at the bottoms. With her naturally delicate features, pulling the hair away from the face and adding in some visual bulk is a smart move, and one that will also keep things light and airy when things get a bit too warm on a sunny summer day.
44. Pin Tight Chignon with Center Part
VS Angel Lily Aldridge has stunning hair, so seeing how such locks can be tamed into this sleek and proper chignon is extraordinary. To put it simply, this style is posh, with the center part and no-hair-out-of-place order. It is definitely a sophisticated look for a formal event, especially with a daring dress such as this, since it adds that maturity on top of the blatant seduction to balance the whole look out.
45. Medium, Sleek Center Part
This medium length center part hairstyle was worn by Alessandra Ambrosio to the Grammy’s, showing that even simple hairstyles can be stunning for larger events like this. This sleek, straightened look is one that has followed us from so many decades in the past, and we can see that the style isn’t planning on going anywhere. It’s an easy style, and as you can see here it can be dressed up very easily as well – no side part necessary.
46. Tight Bow-nytail with Center Part
Letting her sultry eyes be front and center, Adriana Lima showed off her center part hairstyle with this cute and trendy ponytail tied off like a bow in the back. At all points, the hair is sleek and right where it should be, balancing the no-nonsense sensibility of that order and the whimsy of the bow. The center part only serves to further balance and help keep everything in line.
47. Shoulder Length Beachy Cut
This center part hairstyle is casual in nature, with light, beachy waves that add light movement and fluidity to the hairstyle as you walk. Constance Jablonski here figured out how to make the hairstyle bohemian just with styling options, so you can go straight from the beach to your favorite boho chic outfits without much effort.
48. Loose and Voluminous Center Part
This is a hairstyle that embodies the look you get when you first take your hair down from a loose ponytail. Suki Waterhouse wore her hair this way to a style event, and brought in some casualness to the glamour of the event itself, and with the center part she was able to keep things neat and tidy in the process.
49. Center Part Ponytail
Louise Roe’s tight and sleek center part ponytail keeps things classy, and which is right on target for an evening event, especially when you’re wearing a glamorous evening gown. If you wear your hair in any of the tight, pulled back styles, you’ll want to make sure everything about your makeup is right on point, though!
50. Straight and Partially Braided Center Part
This is a lovely center part hairstyle in many regards. Chanel Iman succeeded in getting the benefits of pulled back hair (showing off her face) as well as the lovely, luxurious look of having long, straight hair let loose. The tight braids form an interesting pattern for her hair, showing off her gorgeous facial features and makeup, and her thick black hair is beautiful, all thanks to this center part hairstyle.
Being forgotten for a while from time to time and then coming back with a power to triumph, center part hairstyles are those timeless and classic ‘dos that will always be there. So if you have never dared to try it, make sure you make a center parting once in a while and you’ll definitely love your appearance!
Photos courtesy of Stylebistro
This story was originally published on November 14, 2014, and we have updated it, adding more gorgeous looks.